Behavioral Biases – Part III

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We’re coming in for a landing on our alphabetic run-down of behavioral biases. We’ll wrap our series, the ABCs of Behavioral Biases, by repeating our initial premise: Your own behavioral biases are often the greatest threat to your financial well-being. Exhibit 1, attached, is a helpful summary of the biases we’ve covered throughout this series. Today, we’ll present the final line-up: ...

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Behavioral Biases (Part II)

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Let’s continue our alphabetic tour of common behavioral biases that distract otherwise rational investors from making best choices about their wealth. There are so many investment-impacting behavioral biases, we could probably identify at least one for nearly every letter in the alphabet. As Warren Buffett has famously said, “Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should ...

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Introduction to Behavioral Biases (Part 1)

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Our own behavioral biases are often the greatest threat to our financial well-being. As investors, we leap before we look. We stay when we should go. We cringe at the very risks that are expected to generate our greatest rewards. All the while, we rush into nearly every move, only to fret and regret them long after the deed is done. ...

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Are You Prepared for the Next Market Correction?

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If you enjoy a good read, we recommend Warren Buffett’s annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters, dating back to 1965. While financial reports are rarely the stuff from which dreams are made, Buffett’s way with words never ceases to impress. His most recent 2016 letter was no exception, including this powerful insight about market downturns:

“During such scary periods, you should never forget two things: First, widespread fear is your friend as an ...

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Avoiding Financial Scams and Identity Theft Slams

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Who Are They?

  • Financial fraudsters are after your assets.
  • Identity thieves steal your personal information (often to then commit financial fraud).

What Do They Want? Your Money and Your Life

  • Social Security Numbers, passports, driver’s licenses, and similar identifying information.
  • Financial account and credit card numbers.
  • Passwords (or insights about you that help them guess at weak ones).
  • Your and family members’ contact information (name, address, phone, e-mail).
  • Your and family members’ ...
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An Index Overview Part II: Index Points and Mechanics

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As we covered in our last piece, indices have their place. They can roughly gauge the mood of a market and its participants. If you have an investment strategy designed to capture that market, you can see how your strategy is doing in comparison … again, roughly. You can also invest in an index fund which tracks a market index.

This may help explain why everyone seems to be forever watching, analyzing and ...

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Stock Market Index – Part I: Indices, Defined

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 20,000 for the first time on January 25, 2017, but you probably already knew that as every media outlet went crazy reporting the “news”. But when a popular index like the Dow is on a tear, up or down, what does it really mean to you and your investments?

That’s the real question we need to ask ourselves.

In this multi-part series, we’re going to cover some of the ...

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2016 Market Review

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In 2016, the US market reached new highs and stocks in a majority of developed and emerging market countries delivered positive returns. The year began with anxiety over China’s stock market and economy, falling oil prices, a potential US recession, and negative interest rates in Japan. US equity markets were in steep decline and had the worst start of any year on record. The markets began improving in mid-February through midyear. Investors also faced uncertainty from the Brexit vote in ...

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Post Election Day Thoughts

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election-2016After last night’s “media surprise” whether you’re feeling elated, deflated or mostly just jaded about the Election we wanted to reach out to you with a few thoughts related to the “What’s next?”. To say the least, there are more than enough political analyses available from even a single Google search, so we won’t enter into that fray ourselves.

With respect to your investments, here’s a quick ...

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Tax Loss Harvesting: Opportunities and Obstacles

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lemon-picking  So much of investing is beyond our control (picking stock prices, timing market movements and so on), it’s nice to know that there are still a number of “power tools” we can employ to potentially enhance your bottom line. Tax-loss harvesting is one such instrument … although the analogy holds true in a couple of other ways: It’s best used skillfully, ...

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